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Webb pleads guilty to wire fraud, transferring $261,000 from Christ the King to Lubbock

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MULESHOE, Texas (KCBD) — Nathan Webb, 42, pleaded guilty to wire fraud on Friday, admitting he stole $261,245 from Christ the King Cathedral from August 2019 to March 2021.

Webb was hired to manage the church’s financial accounts and admitted to using PayPal and Venmo to transfer church money to his personal accounts. Then he falsified bank statements in his reports to the church and the Catholic Diocese of Lubbock.

The factual summary of the plea agreement says, “In all, on or about September 12, 2019, or about March 2, 2021, Webb made approximately 171 unauthorized money transfers from the Church bank account to him. -even via PayPal and about 61 unauthorized money transfers from the Church’s bank account to itself via Venmo. Together, the unauthorized money transfers totaled an approximate amount of $261,245.

The Diocese confronted Webb in early March, the last day a transfer was made to Webb’s PayPal account, before he closed his account the same day.

The federal indictment claims Webb was in Colombia, South America, when he made some of the transfers.

Webb was arrested by Colombian immigration authorities on June 16, after using his US passport at a hotel. He is currently being held by the Bailey County Sheriff’s Office, awaiting federal marshals.

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